PUTIN: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS ‘MUSH’ FOR BRAINS
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Barack Obama administration has “mush for brains” given its lack of cooperation with Russians in Syria.
The U.S. and others have accused Russia of propping up the Assad regime by attacking “practically every group opposed to the Syrian government except the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.” Now, Putin claims “the Russian government had asked for the coordinates of the groups that should or should not be attacked, the United States had not responded to either request.”
“Recently, we have offered the Americans: ‘Give us objects that we shouldn’t target.’ Again, no answer,” he said. “It seems to me that some of our partners have mush for brains.”
Officials in Washington have acknowledged reluctance to work with the Russians over “trust” issues.
First, they fear that the Russians might use the coordinates to target the groups the Americans do not want attacked. Second, Syrian opposition groups are already suspicious that the United States is coordinating with Russia on the attacks, a perception the Pentagon does not want to feed, the officials said.